The second half of the Elite Eight field was set with the final group of Sweet Sixteen matchups wrapping up. Here’s what went down on Friday night…
Midwest Region – No. 1 Louisville 77, No. 12 Oregon 69
South Region – No. 4 Michigan 87, No. 1 Kansas 85 (OT)
Midwest Region – No. 2 Duke 71, No. 3 Michigan State 61
South Region – No. 3 Florida 62, No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 50
- The upset of the day and comeback of the day probably also gets the nod for comeback of the tournament so far, as Michigan rallied from 11 points down in the final four minutes and eight points down in the final two minutes to shock No. 1 Kansas in overtime. The incredible rally also gave us arguably the shot of the tournament so far, courtesy of Trey Burke:
While Burke had a night to remember for Michigan, senior Kansas guard Elijah Johnson had a night to forget in his NCAA finale. First Johnson delivered the cheap shot of the tournament by aiming low on Michigan’s Mitch McGary, and then he passed up what looked like a golden opportunity to tie the game at the end of overtime.
Not surprisingly, Johnson’s name was trending worldwide on twitter within minutes.
- Florida may have eliminated tournament darlings Florida Gulf Coast, but they also gave us the play of the day with guard Mike Rosario inbounding the ball off of his opponent’s back before taking it strong to the hoop:
- If you needed another reminder that Butler coach Brad Stevens isn’t interested in leaving the Bulldogs for a bigger program, he reportedly turned down an offer from UCLA.
- Player of the day honours go to Michigan’s Mitch McGary, who recovered from the early shot to his man parts by posting 25 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block in the Wolverines’ win.